2015 Annual Conference

Continuing legal education seminar, annual membership meeting, board meeting, and social events.
When Jun 11, 2015 12:30 PM to
Jun 13, 2015 11:00 PM
Where Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-623-1302
Attendees Attendance at WACDL seminars is limited to WACDL members and those eligible for WACDL membership. Lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers are eligible for WACDL membership if they are not now engaged full or part-time in the prosecution or law enforcement investigation of criminal cases, and if they are not engaged in a full-time judicial function.
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Register for the Conference

Register online or download a PDF of the brochure to print, then fax or mail back to WACDL.

Featured Speakers

ChildressKelli M. Childress was appointed the Chief Public Defender of Kane County, Illinois in 2011.  Her office consists of 35 attorneys and a team of investigators and support staff.  Kelli is Vice Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Human Rights Section Council, Secretary of the Diversity Leadership Council, and past Chair of the Criminal Justice Section Council.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Public Defender Association, a member of the State of Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency, a member of the Northern Illinois University College of Law’s Board of Visitors, and a member of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.  Kelli is active in several other Bar Associations and community organizations, and is a frequent speaker at various programs throughout the country.  She has also appeared in several law-related television programs.  Kelli received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in January, 1996.

mccloudJustice Sheryl Gordon McCloud began her service on the Washington Supreme Court in January of 2013. She brought with her a wealth of appellate experience; she handled hundreds of cases before Washington appellate courts, as well as before the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Her expertise, especially in appeals, was recognized by her peers; they have awarded her the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, for “extraordinary courage” in the practice of law. She is an invited member of the American Association of Appellate Lawyers and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, both of which limit membership to the most accomplished appellate lawyers.

In addition, she was an adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching classes on a variety of topics including appellate advocacy. She has also taught practicing lawyers and published articles on appellate advocacy, criminal defense, constitutional law, and post-conviction work. She serves as vice-chair of the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission, as a member of the Supreme Court’s Rules Committee, as the liaison to the Supreme Court’s Pattern Instructions Committee (on which she previously served as a lawyer member), and as the Supreme Court's representative on the WSBA's Committee on Public Defense.

See other speaker biographies here.

Conference CLE: Killer Cross, Victorious Voir Dire

Friday, June 12

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 10:15 Effective Voir Dire: What social psychology has to teach us. Kelli Childress
10:15 – 10:35
Voir Dire Demo. Andy Robertson
10:35 – 10:55
Voir Dire Demo. Mark Mestel
10:55 – 11:10   
11:10 – 11:30 Voir Dire Demo. Larry Jefferson
11:30 – 11:50 Voir Dire Demo. Kevin Griffin
11:50 - 1:00  
Voir Dire Panel Discussion. Kelli Childress, Andy Robertson, Mark Mestel, Larry Jefferson and Kevin Griffin

Saturday, June 13

8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 10:15 
The Appeal: Preparing the record for review, drafting the brief, making compelling arguments. Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud
10:15 – 11:00 Cross Examination of Experts. Pete Mazzone
11:00 – 11:15 break
1:15 – 12:15 Cross Examination of Children and Vulnerable Victims.  Kelli Childress
12:15 – 1:00 Cross Examination of Law Enforcement. Les Tolzin

Preconference: Ethics

Thursday, June 11

1:00 – 1:30Registration
1:30 – 2:15 
What To Do When You Get In Trouble. David Allen
2:15 – 3:00
Obligations to Your Client. Miriam Schwartz
3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:00 Obligations to Others. Mark Muenster
4:00 - 4:45
Beyond the RPCs and Beyond: Dealing with competing obligations and managing your practice.  Amanda Lee

Learn about social events and other activities here.

Location & Lodging

Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan provides upscale accommodations, two restaurants, a day spa and an array of onsite amenities.  Each lodging room comes with Campbell’s Resort’s signature feature: rooms are right on the water, with stunning views of Lake Chelan from a private balcony or deck. The resort has a sandy beach, two swimming pools, two hot tubs, and boat moorage. Their fitness center is equipped with treadmills, a recumbent bike, weight machines, and free weights. You can get a massage, manicure, pedicure, and more from the massage therapists and estheticians at the River Room Spa.

Campbell’s is holding a block of rooms for us at special rates starting at $144. Please make your lodging reservations directly with Campbell’s by calling them at 1-800-553-8225 (or 509-682-2561); let them know that you are attending the WACDL conference. Note that Campbell’s may release our rooms after May 10; they do expect to be sold out for our weekend, so make your reservations early.

UPDATE: As of May 5, only a few rooms are left in our room block.  When you call Campbell's, make sure you let them know that you are with WACDL. If they don't have a room on the nights you want:

  1. Ask to be put on the wait list.
  2. Contact the Grandview, a short walk from Campbell's. Campbell's has reserved a small block of rooms for us there. The phone number at the Grandview is 509-888-6910. Use our Grandview group reservation number when calling: 38209.
  3. If rooms open up at Campbell's, people on the wait list will be called first. You can cancel at the Grandview if you like (the Grandview has the same seven-day cancellation policy as Campbell's).


Due to the generosity of members, WACDL is able to offer a limited number of scholarships, each worth $150, to WACDL members who are either full-time public defenders or who were admitted to the Bar in the past five years; preference will be given to those attending the WACDL conference for the first time. To apply, send an email — by May 1 — to info@wacdl.org with your name, the date you were admitted to the Bar, and the name of your law firm/public defender office.  If we receive more applications than the scholarship funds will cover, WACDL will select recipients with the goal of spreading recipients out among public defender offices, law firms, and parts of the state — and between public defenders and newer lawyers. Note: scholarships cannot be combined with the first-time attendee discount.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertising opportunities will be available at this year's annual conference. For more information about the options below, please send an email to Fred Rice.

Break sponsorship ($150)

There are four breaks during the conference that we are making available for sponsorship. We will place a foam core poster that reads “Break sponsored by” followed by your company name and logo, adjacent to the break table. We will also include a sponsor slide in our PowerPoint announcements that will screen in the seminar room during the break.

Conference folder flyer ($150)

We will include a black and white single-sided flyer (designed by you) on color paper in the folders distributed to all of the conference participants. We would be happy to include more elaborate copies (e.g. in color or double-sided) if you provide them to us.

A break sponsorship + conference folder flyer ($250)

We will offer a $50 discount if you are interested in buying a flyer as well as a break sponsorship.

Finally, with any of the above options, we will add a set of conference attendee mailing labels for $20. We anticipate that there will be 90 to 120 criminal defense lawyers and associates in attendance this year. Due to space restrictions, we cannot offer any exhibitor tables or booths.

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